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work of instruction with seven pupils—five boys and two young and old, in the day and evening schools. Thirty girls. His connection with the Mission was terminated persons had been admitted to the church, of whom half by his removal in 1837, and his death occurred in 1838. were natives and half Liberians. Of the twenty-three Ir. March, 1836, the first contribution-two hundred dol- laborers who had been employed in the Mission from its lars-was received from the New York Female Society beginning, three white women and one colored man had for the Promotion of Schools in Africa, and applied to- been removed by death. The constantly enlarging field wards the support of Mrs. Thompson, who remained as of operations called earnestly for an increase of the misteacher in the Mission after her husband's death. In the sionary force, and the necessity for the supervision of a following month the Young Men's Auxiliary Education Bishop was keenly felt. In addition to his other labors and Missionary Society of New York contributed two Mr. Payne had devoted considerable time to acquiring hundred dollars toward the support of a missionary in and reducing to writing the Grebo tongue, and had sucAfrica, and pledged the annual sum of five hundred doloceeded in translating the gospel of St. Mark, a large porlars for that object.

tion of the Prayer Book, and a number of school books.

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The month of August was made memorable by the ap- On the 16th of July, 1849, was laid the corner-stone pointment of the Rev. Launcelot B. Minor and the Rev. of St. Mark's Church at Cape Palmas-the first EpiscoJohn Payne, of the Diocese of Virginia, and the Rev. pal Church edifice erected in Liberia. It was finished in Thomas S. Savage, M.D., of the Diocese of Connecticut, 1851. as missionaries to Cape Palmas, where the latter arrived In 1850 the Rev. John Payne was appointed Missionon the 25th of December following. He found the mis- ary Bishop to Cape Palmas and Parts Adjacent, and he sion buildings at Mount Vaughan partly erected, and the was consecrated to the office of Bishop July 11, 1851, in school progressing favorably under the zealous labors of Alexandria, Va. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson. The Rev. Mr. Payne and wife Bishop Payne, on the first Sunday of 1865, made the and the Rev. Mr. Minor reached Cape Palmas, July 4th, following report: “ The Episcopal Mission to Africa 1837

can report seven permanent church buildings, one hosThe report of the Mission the first of 1843 showed pital, orphan asylum, high school, and seven Mission there were six stations established, reaching with the Gos- houses, erected at an expense exceeding one hundred pel a population of some twenty thousand, and imparting thousand dollars. It has ordained four Liberian minisinstruction to about two hundred persons of both sexes,

ters for four Liberian churches and expects soon to or

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dain a fifth, besides one native minister. There are three and on June 24, 1885, he was consecrated in New York. Liberian, one foreign, and two native candidates for or- The last annual report of the Foreign Committee, ders. Including the Bishop, there are six foreign minis- made in November, 1885, gives the following as the conters. There are twenty-one Mission stations, all of dition of the Mission at that time : Bishop, 1 ; Presbywhich, notwithstanding the war in America, and wars ters, (white 1, Liberian 3, native 1), 5; deacons, (Libeabout the seat of the Mission, have been kept in opera- rian 3, native 2), 5; candidates for holy orders, (native tion. These stations are in the four counties of Liberia, 3, Liberian 1), 4; lay-readers, (Liberian 5, native 1), 6; along two hundred and fifty miles of coast, and extend white female teacher 1; catechists and teachers, (Libeeighty miles interior ; operating in seven native tribes, rian 8, native 9), 17; business agents, (Liberian) 2 ; with an aggregate population of one hundred and fifty boarding schools, 4; day schools, 9; Sunday-schools, 13; thousand people. Baptisms during the past year, seventy- boarding scholars, 251 ; day scholars, 284 ; Sunday eight, forty-nine being adults. Communicants, colonists, scholars exclusive of those in the day and boarding one hundred and sixty-eight; natives, one hundred and schools, 268; total number of stations and preaching forty-eight; total, three hundred and sixteen. Boarding places, 42 ; church edifices, 9; school houses, 5; com

, scholars, one hundred and thirty-two; day scholars, Li- municants, 452. The estimated value of Mission buildberian and

ings is over native, seven

$22,000. hundred and

In Montsixty. Con

serra do' tributions

county are (imperfectly

five principal reported),

stations, viz.: seven hun

Cape Mount, dred and

Jon doo, eighty-three

Monrovia, dollars and

Caldwell, three cents.

Clay - AshSuch are the

land and statistics for

Crozierville ; the past year,

in Bassa but as the

county are Mission has

the two stabeen in oper

tions of Upation twenty

per and eight years,

Lower Buchnearly the

a na n; in average term

Maryland of a genera

county are tion, the

the seven number of

stations of communi. BOYS' SCHOOL HOUSE, CAVALLA, LIBERIA.

Fishtown, cants gath

Hoffman, ered in the church during these years must reach six Harper, Grahway, Cavalla, Kabla and Bliwodo. hundred."

The missionary staff is as follows: In 1871, Bishop Payne being in feeble health, resigned The Rt. Rev. SAMUEL D. FERGUSON, D.D., Missionary Bishop, his jurisdiction. In October, 1883, the Rev. John Gott

Harper. lieb Auer was elected his successor and was consecrated

Cape Palmas District.

# The Rev. R. H. Gibson (Liberian). as Missionary Bishop April 17, 1873, in Georgetown, D.

The Rev. M. P. Keda Valentine (Native), Cavalla. C. He arrived in Liberia in December, 1873, and died

The Rev. 0. E. Hemie Shannon (Native), Hoffman Station. February 16, 1874. The Rev. Charles Clifton Penick,

* J. J. Neal (Liberian), Lay-reader, Harper. D.D., was elected in October, 1876, the successor of Mrs. S. J. Simpson (Liberian), Teacher, Cape Palmas. Bishop Auer, and was consecrated Missionary Bishop in Mrs. E. A. Johnson (Liberian), St. Mark's School, Harper. Alexandria, Va., February 13, 1877. Bishop Penick went

Mrs. Mary A. Young (Liberian), Matron, Orphan Asylum, Cape

Palmas. to Africa and remained several years, but finding his

Miss Margie Hne Kwede McCullough (Native), Teacher, Cape health would not permit his continuing there he resigned

Palmas. his jurisdiction in October, 1883. In April, 1884, the Richard Killen Nyema (Native), Teacher, Rockbookah. Rev. Samuel D. Ferguson, a colored clergyman belong- A. H. Vinton Foda (Native), Teacher, Cavalla. to the Liberian Mission, was elected Missionary Bishop, * Not supported by the Board.

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E. W. Appleton Wade (Native), Teacher, Fishtown.
T. C. Brownell Gabla (Native), Teacher, Kabla.
Felix R. Brunot Tabla (Native), Teacher, Hoffman Station.
Thomas Collins Gyibli (Native), Teacher, Cavalla.
Peter Baldy Neufville Keda (Native), Teacher, Cavalla.
Nathaniel H. Farr Sie (Native), Teacher, Graway.
* F. Proud (Native), Lay-reader, Hoffman Station.

Sinoe and Bassa District. * The Kev. William Allen Fair, Grand Bassa.

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The Rev. Paulus Moort (Liberian), Bassa. * The Rev. J. G. Monger (Liberian), Sinoe. * J. A. Herring (Liberian), Lay-reader, Bassa. Lucius L. Herring (Liberian), Lay-reader, Bassa. * R. H. Montgomery (Liberian), Lay-reader, Sinoe.

Mrs. M. R. Brierley, Teacher, Cape Mount.
Mrs. Gibson, Cape Mount.
Miss Gertrude E. Ware (Liberian), Teacher, Cape Mount.

* Not supported by the Board.

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Methodist Episcopal Church in Liberia. reaching Monrovia Jan. 1, 1834. In January they orThe earliest Foreign Mission of the Methodist Epis.ganized the “Monrovia Sunday School Society, auxil. copal Church was that of Liberia. The General Con.

iary to the Sunday-school Union of the Methodist Episference of 1824 by resolution declared it was expedient copal Church," and also the “ Liberia Annual Conferto send a missionary or missionaries to Africa whenever

ence." the funds of the Missionary Society would justify the

They were soon seized with the African fever. Mrs. measure. The first missionary was not sent out until Wright died February 4, and Mr. Wright March 29. 1832. It was Rev. Melville Beveridge Cox.

Mr. Spaulding's health was such he was not able to con

tinue his work and he sailed for the United States on Rev. Dr. J. M. Reid gives the following account of

May 17.

Miss Farrington remained until April, 1835. this first missionary :

Rev. John Seys reinforced the mission in 1834, arrivOn May 7, 1832, Cox announces the fact of his ap

ing in Liberia on Oct. 18. He was accompanied by pointment and haiis it with exceeding joy. He writes :

Francis Burns, a colored local preacher, who afterward “I thirst to be on my way. I pray that God may fit my

became Bishop. Mr. Seys from this time until his death soul and body for the duties before me ; that God may

in 1872 was identified with the interests of Africa, and go with me there. I have no lingering fear. A grave

most of the time he was actively engaged as a missionary in Africa shall be sweet to me if he sustain me."

in Liberia. Indeed, his mind seemed to have conceived the thought Mrs. Ann Wilkins went out in 1836 and for 20 years that if he could but

was a successful die for Africa he

teacher and missionshould have achieved

ary. something for its mil

Rev. Dr. Daniel lions. He said at this

Wise pays the followtime to Mr. Alexander

ing tribute to Mrs. Cummings, afterward

Wilkios : Governor of Colora

This heroic lady do: “I know I can

was born amid the not live long in

mountains of the Africa, but I hope to

Hudson, near West live long enough to

Point. When fourget there, and if

teen years of age she God please that my

gave herself to the bones shall lie in an

service of her Lord. African grave, I shall

Five years later she have established such

became a teacher of a bond between

the young, to whom Africa and the

she taught not only GRACE CHURCH, CLAY-ASHLAND, LIBERIA. Church at home as

the way into the temshall not be broken till Africa be redeemed."

ple of human knowledge, but also to the experience of During his last visit to Middletown, Connecticut, he divine truth. When thirty years old she heard the said to one of the students o: the Wesleyan university : thrilling story of our mission work in Africa, told by

If I die in Africa you must come over and write my one who had been in that field of sacrifice and death. epitaph."

Her great heart swelled with desire to bear a part in “I will," replied the youth, “ but what shall I write ?" the perils of that mission, and she sent a note to Dr.

“ Write," said Cox, “Let a thousand fall before Africa Bangs, then Missionary Secretary, containing these be given up."

noble words : He left for Africa on Nov. 6, 1832, and arrived in Mon- “A sister who has but little money at command gives rovia, March 7, 1833. Some Methodist churches had that little cheerfully, and is willing to give her life as previously been organized by colonists. These were a female teacher if she is wanted ” brought into organic connection with the Methodist Such grand spirits are always wanted where dangerEpiscopal Church, and conformity to its discipline. But ous work is to be done in the wars of Christ's king. the work of Mr. Cox was soon brought to a close. He dom. Hence, a few months later she was sent with was prostrated by African fever, and died on July 21, others to combat, both with the angel of death and the 1833, crying out as he passed away, “Come, come, come, spirit of evil. The sight of the palms on the Liberian Lord Jesus, come quickly."

coast filled her soul with hope, albeit she knew that Rev. Rufus Spaulding and Rev. Samuel Osgood the pestilential fever lurked beneath their shadows. Wright with their wives, and Miss Sophronia Farrington Her feet scarcely touched the soil before she began were sent out as missionaries the latter part of 1833, to teach the dark-faced children, and thus to prepare


the way for a Female Boarding School, in which she

and eight parsonages.

Seventeen colored ministers was to reign after a time as a queen of light and love. were employed. Of course, the deadly fever soon laid her low; but her Rev. Francis Burns was elected and ordained a Misstrong constitution withstood it, and she recovered. A sionary Bishop for Africa in 1858. He died in 1863. second time that enemy of life assailed her and bore In 1866 the Rev. John Wright Roberts was elected her again to the brink of death.

and ordained Missionary Bishop for Africa. His death Then her fellow-workers, despite her protests, insisted followed in 1875. Bishop Levi Scott visited the Mis. on her return to her native land. She yielded. On sion in 1853 and Bishop Gilbert Haven in Dec., 1876. her arrival, the missionary authorities, seeing her wasted In 1877 there were reported 2,110 members and form, believed that her African work was finished. probationers. But her undaunted spirit would not succumb; and when Rev. I'm. Taylor was elected Missionary Bishop for three other devoted young women resolved to give Africa in May, 1884, and is now in Africa. The present themselves to the African mission, she went with them condition of the Mission is seen in the report we give

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to watch over and guide them until they were acclimated of the session of the Liberia Annual Conference held and fairly established in their work.

last February Two years more of suffering and toil in Liberia com- At the present time there are no missionaries in Lipelled her to quit the work she so fondly loved. The beria sent from the United States. We have only given voyage and her native climate so far restored her that a few names of the more than thirty missionaries from she entered the Juvenile Asylum of New York as one of this country who have so nobly labored, and in many its active officers. But she only went there to die. Six instances given their lives to carry the Gospel to Africa. days of sickness in that institution bore her to the gate More than 3,000 members show that they did not labor of heaven. But they were glorious days to her, for the in vain. light of her coming bliss so glorified her that she ap

LIBÉRIA CONFERENCE OF THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL peared to her astonished attendants more like an angel

CHURCH of God than a dying woman.

In 1842 the membership of the Methodist Episcopal The session of the Liberia Annual Conference of the Church in Liberia was one thousand, of whom one hun. Methodist Episcopal Church for 1886, was held in Edina dred and fifty were natives. Six hundred children were commencing February 4th, 1886, Bishop William Taylor n thirteen day schools, and there were fourteen churches presiding.

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